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17 Classic Photos That Prove The Rich & Famous Roll In Style

BY Liz KnuevenNovember 1, 2018

Cars and celebrities have always made a powerful combination, giving the coolest, fastest and most expensive rides a prominent place in pop culture. Much more than just modes of transportation, the cars of the rich and famous have become status symbols of the American Dream. Here, we take a look back at some of the most notable celebrity cars throughout time.

1-Rita Hayworth

1. Rita Hayworth

When the U.S. was fighting World War II, people started taking the steel bumpers off their cars—or replacing them with wooden ones—so that the metal could be donated to the war effort. Here, film star Rita Hayworth encourages others to pitch in for wartime recycling efforts by turning in their unessential metal car parts. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

2-Roger Moore

2. Roger Moore

If you’re a James Bond fan, you probably already recognize this Lotus Espirit Turbo that Roger Moore drove in For Your Eyes Only in 1981. This supercar got its power from a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine. Unique to James Bond’s version was a ski rack and an explosive theft-deterrent system. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

3-Steve McQueen

3. Steve McQueen

Film star Steve McQueen bought this Jaguar XKSS in 1958 for about $5,000. Today, it’s valued at around $30 million. A race car at its core, the XKSS boasts an inline six-cylinder engine and voluminous curves. While shooting Wanted: Dead or Alive, McQueen would tie his horse to the ultra-rare Jaguar—while it was stationary, of course. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

4-Elizabeth Taylor

4. Elizabeth Taylor

Although it’s hard to know exactly what this particular automobile is, it’s well documented that Elizabeth Taylor had almost as big a thing for cars as she did husbands—though her standards were obviously higher. One of her spouses even bought her a gold 1962 Maserati, which she asked him to return as she wasn’t satisfied with it. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

5-James Garner

5. James Garner

This Formula One car was far from easily earned for actor James Garner while filming the 1966 film Grand Prix. He spent weeks learning from performance driving legends like Bob Bondurant and Carroll Shelby in order to properly handle this car. The movie car is actually a McLaren M2B, painted to match the colors of a fictional brand. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

6-John Lennon

6. John Lennon

It makes sense John Lennon would be a fan of the Volkswagen Beetle. Obvious Beatle puns aside, the British singer-songwriter and peace activist fits right in with this quirky German car. There’s been speculation over the years whether or not Lennon owned the white Beetle in the background of the band’s famous Abbey Road album cover, as he was often seen driving similar ones. (Photo via Flickr user)

7-Janis Joplin

7. Janis Joplin

It’s not hard to imagine Janis Joplin driving this custom-painted Porsche 356 around San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, where the rock singer lived. Today, classic Porsche 356s are rather valuable, fetching up to $100,000 on the market. One of her roadies painted the car and titled his handiwork “The History of the Universe.” While the painting’s meaning is up for debate, one thing’s for sure: she never lost this car in a parking lot. (Photo via vintag.es)

8-Ronald Reagan

8. Ronald Reagan

Presidential limousines are pretty incredible. Cadillac and Lincoln have traded off on making these tanks-in-disguise since the turn of the 20th century. The more recent editions are made to withstand bombs, poisonous gases and more—with hefty armor beefing them up to somewhere between 8,000 and 15,000 pounds. President Ronald Reagan used two different vehicles during his eight years in office. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

9-Richard Burton

9. Richard Burton

This classic Cadillac is as powerful as it is graceful and sophisticated. With a respectable V8 engine and a highly distinctive exterior design, the Cadillac Series 62 is one that became a hit. Here, actor Richard Burton shows off his 1956 model. (Photo via vintag.es)

10-Elvis Presley

10. Elvis Presley

Of course, Elvis Presley wouldn’t be himself without one of his prized Cadillacs. Nothing quite embodied the American Dream more than the flashy, flamboyant brand of cars, and this small-town Tennessee boy-turned-rock legend was completely in love with them. He bought many for himself, lots for others, and even had some painted pink. Here, he poses with a Series 62 in his hometown of Memphis. (Photo via vintag.es)

11-Dolly Parton

11. Dolly Parton

Another Tennessee native, Dolly Parton, also loves her Cadillacs. Here, she poses with her second-generation Cadillac Deville from the early 1960s. Surprisingly, this nameplate ran for more than 45 years until its end in 2005. (Photo via vintag.es)

12-Don Ricardo

12. Don Ricardo

The Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing is easily one of the neatest vintage cars out there. Named for its distinctive raising doors, the 300SL was unique in both its bold style and incredible performance. Produced between 1954 and 1957, it was one of the fastest production cars at the time, topping out at 160 mph. Only about 1,400 were produced, and naturally one of them belonged to conductor Don Ricardo. (Photo via Flickr user)

13-Roy Rogers

13. Roy Rogers

This wasn’t one of his famous “cowboy cars,” but Roy Rogers’ 1947 Cadillac could definitely turn heads. Cadillac had been selling the exact same body style as far back as 1941. But because GM stopped production from 1942 until 1945 for World War II, they simply picked up where they left off. (Photo via vintag.es)

14-Marky Ramone

14. Marky Ramone

Here, the Ramones drummer poses with his 1965 Chrysler Imperial. For a long time, the Imperial was the top-of-the-line Chrysler powered by a 340-horsepower V8. In an interview, Marky is perhaps most excited about the fact that his Imperial appears to be straight out of the TV series The Green Hornet. (Photo via vintag.es)

15-Sir Elton John

15. Sir Elton John

His red Jaguar is as cool and classic as the pop icon himself. Back when it was released in the ‘60s, the E-Type was one of the fastest production cars in the world, with a straight-six engine and a top speed of 150 mph. In 2001, the singer sold the car for about 80,000 British pounds. (Photo via vintag.es)

16-Jay Leno

16. Jay Leno

One of the oldest cars on this list so far is Jay Leno’s 1915 Hispano-Suiza. It’s one that Leno built around a World War I-era airplane engine. Never a production car, this one is unique, even intriguing Tim Allen in this picture taken at the 1993 Emmy Awards. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

17-Brad Pitt

17. Brad Pitt

Here’s the movie star with a stunning Audi S7. As this picture was taken in Australia at the premiere of World War Z, it likely isn’t one he owns. But, hey, it’s not a bad car to be chauffeured around in. Although with an impressive 3.9-second 0-60 mph time, we’d rather be driving ourselves. (Photo via Flickr user)

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